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Operations blog covers topics for crew including flight operations, safety maintenance and more. Check in often for updates to regulations, safety bulletins and general good common sense reminders.

Emergency Action Item for C-45 Drag Link Bolts

Emergency Action Item for C-45 Drag Link Bolts

1.  Affected Models:

All Beech 18 and C-45 aircraft:

2.  Summary:

The C-45 and Beech 18 aircraft utilize a drag shock strut assembly which rides on a slide tube for retraction and extension.  The lateral forward and aft movement of the gear trunnion is supported by this drag strut.  Different models of the drag strut are in use but all incorporate an upper and lower bolt assembly.  These bolts are subjected to high shear loads during takeoff and landing and Emergency Gear Exentsion. 

3.  Findings:

During a routine flight the aircraft never received an up light gear indication.  It was discovered that the upper drag link bolt had completely sheared.  The head and tail of the bolt had separated and were working loose from the bolt hole.

4.  Required Inspection:

Prior to next flight jack the aircraft and remove the upper drag link bolts on both the left and right landing gear.  Use die penetrant inspection on the bolts to Inspect for wear, cracks, and damage or replace the bolts with new old stock.  Report any damaged bolts to the CAF Director of Operations.

5.  Special Flight Authorization:

Authorization to fly the aircraft to a location for maintenance can be approved by contacting the CAF Vice President of Operations and Maintenance.  David Oliver: cell: 630-853-9624

**** Click Download for Inspection Detail****


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Aircraft Available for Assignment

Aircraft Available for Assignment

We have some new aircraft available for assignment in the CAF.  If you or your Unit have any interest in seeking assignment of an aircraft please contact David Oliver at within the next 30 days. Please note that new CAF Units and CAF Units without an assigned aircraft generally have preference.

Here is how the process works:

#1.  Contact David Oliver to give your expression of interest and discuss your Unit situation. 

#2.  Unit Officer vote at the squadron level to seek assignment.  

#3.  Fill out the CAF Form AA1 for official assignment request (

#4.  Your submission will be reviewed by the American AirPower Heritage Flying Museum Board for Unit selection and approval.  

Happy Bidding!

David Oliver

V.P. of Operations


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2nd Annual Mountain West Formation Clinic

2nd Annual Mountain West Formation Clinic
(i.e. Please Share!)
With 2 weeks to go we need more registrations to ensure a successful clinic. In order for the even to break even we need 10 paid registrations and right now we have 5 airplanes and 7 participants.  Registration covers the costs of pilot snacks, lunches, the welcome BBQ, and one hotel room for volunteer ground personnel support.  So, register now by clicking on this REGISTER link and sending a quick email, that would be most helpful for our planning purposes.
I’m currently working with Clover Control to get some Restricted Airspace carved out for our Formation Operating Areas, and discreet frequencies.   We will also have the Aerobatic Practice Area Waiver over the airport.  This is great airspace and a great time of year to get the rust knocked off before the summer flying season or begin the journey towards a FAST card.
We are grateful for the members of the Utah Wing of the CAF, CAF HQ in Dallas, TRARON, the RPA, and NATA for all stepping up and pledging their support.  There is every reason for us to be sharing resources and making good on the pledge that “FAST is FAST” by training to a common standard, understanding operational differences, and supporting our precious privilege to operate these great airplanes.  
Here are the event details:
WHO:  Any pilots interested in formation (if you do not have a tandem seat, bubble canopy aircraft, please contact me to see what we can work out)
WHAT:  FAST Formation Clinic.  Brand new formation pilots, those interested in being a brand new formation pilot, and seasoned veterans alike are all welcome.  
WHEN:  Thursday June 1 thru Sunday June 4.  90 Minute Ground School will be Thursday at 1800 followed by a BBQ on the ramp amidst historical WWII hangars.
WHERE:  KENV, Wendover, Utah (on the Nevada/Utah border) home of much WWII history and adjacent to the Bonneville Salt Flats.  Located approx. 90nm due west of Salt Lake City.
WHY: Why not?!  Camaraderie, high quality training, and fun.
Cost of the clinic will be $95 and includes a welcome BBQ on Thursday evening, lunch each day, pilot drinks and snacks, and whatever pilot schwag we can come up with. This is a great opportunity to visit and fly at a truly historic airfield - selected by Paul Tibbets to train the B-29 crews that ended WWII in the Pacific.  Tons of ramp space, great facilities including a B-29 hangar we can use if we get bad weather, and open airspace.  
Please REGISTER HERE so we can get a headcount.  Registration fees will be collected on site.
IMPORTANT - Below are the following hotels for which we have negotiated group rates.  Please use the group code FORMATION CLINIC to get the discounted rate.  Wendover is a border gambling town so they tend to sell out on the weekends.  Please make your reservations ASAP to ensure you get a room.  
***QUALITY INN - 15 rooms blocked $65 for 2+ nights, $75 for one night  (435) 665-2226
****BEST WESTERN PLUS 10 rooms blocked- $99/night  (435) 665-2215
Please contact me directly if you have any questions, and please spread the word!
Let’s FLY!
Barry Hancock
Clinic Bottle Washer
801-899-5313 cell
1200 -1800  Arrivals/Fam Flights
1800 -1930  FAST Ground School (required for all first time clinic pilots, recommended for everyone)
1930-???    On Site BBQ
0800 Morning Briefing (required for everyone flying)
0830 -1130 Training Sorties
1130 -1230 Lunch on site 
1230 - 1700 Training Sorties
1700-1800 Aerobatic Box Open
1930 Dinner in town
0800 Morning Briefing (required for everyone flying)
0830 - 1130 Training Sorties / Check rides
1130 - 1230 Lunch on site 
1230 - 1700 Training Sorties / Check rides
1700 - 1800  Aerobatic Box Open
1900 - 2100 Banquet / SHORT awards ceremony / Call signs
0800 - ??? Break down / Clean Up/Departures / Check rides
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Volunteers Needed for C-47 "Thats All Brother"

Volunteers Needed for C-47 "Thats All Brother"

"Thats All Brother" is undergoing a major restoration and you are invited to participate.  We need volunteers who are willing to travel to Oshkosh Wisconsin and help clean and prep the inside of the fuselage for paint. The job is ready now for anyone who is willing.  If you have some basic mechanical or cleaning skills and can take care of your own travel we would love to have you help!  

Please contact David Oliver at ( to find out more information.

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CAF National Formation Clinic - C-45's and T-6's Needed

CAF National Formation Clinic - C-45's and T-6's Needed

Hello Everyone,

On May 18th through the 21st the AirPower History Tour and TRARON have combined to host an event at Dallas Executive Airport (KRBD).  What better way to share the joy of aviation and formation flying than to give the general public the opportunity to watch.  The event promises to have lots of flying, education activities, and cockpit tours.

We also need more Formation Instructors as well as anyone intersted in attending their first clinic.  If you have a C-45 or a T-6 and are interested in attending please register or contact me ( for more information.  This year we are also working to develop a large aircraft formation training syllabus.  To register click on the button below.  (Pre-requisite experience may be required for large aircraft).  

If your interested in just attending the AirPower History Tour with a static or ride aircraft please RSVP to Brad Pilgrim (  Hope to see you there.  Click below to register for the Formation Clinic.  



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